Writing:Executive official stub articles

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to create stub (starter) articles about state executive officials, generic summary articles, state-specific positions and officeholders.
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Key components

Naming the article

Generic offices

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Controller, Auditor, Superintendent of Schools, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Natural Resources Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Services Commissioner

State executive offices

Articles about state-specific offices should include the office and name of the state in the title. For example, an article about the "Arizona Governor" is labeled "Governor of Arizona."

Officeholders

Articles about officeholders should feature only the name of the official. Example: an article about "Pat Quinn," the Governor of Illinois in 2011, should be named Pat Quinn.

Make sure to verify the person's name before starting an article. Check with the state's official website.

Introductory sentence

The introductory sentence should highlight the fact that the position is a state level position and list the general duties of that position in most states. Additionally, the number of states that have the position should also be noted. Another fact that could be highlighted are the number of states that elect or appoint an officeholder to that position.

Generic offices

The introductory sentence should highlight the fact that the position is a state executive or constitutional position. Additionally, the introduction should include a brief description of the position, including information regarding how the position is appointed or elected into office.

Example for Natural Resources Commissioner introductory sentence/paragraph:

The Natural Resources Commissioner is a state level position. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but their general role is maintaining, protecting and regulating natural resources, including state parks, forests and recreation areas.

Forty-nine states have a natural resources commissioner, with Wyoming being the exception. The office is appointed either by the governor or a commission in 47 states, with elections for the position held in Texas and Washington.

State executive offices

The introductory sentence should highlight the fact that the position is a state executive or constitutional position. Additionally, the introduction should include a brief description of the position.

Example for Lieutenant Governor of Kansas introductory sentence/paragraph:

The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Kansas is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Kansas. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two successive terms.

Officeholders

The introductory sentence should highlight the officeholder's name (nickname if applicable), birth date (including the state), birth place, party, position, when elected and former offices held.

Example for Jay Inslee, Washignton's current governor, introductory sentence/paragraph:

Jay Inslee (b. February 9, 1951, in Seattle, WA) is the 23rd and current Governor of Washington. A Democrat, he was first elected on November 6, 2012, and sworn into office on January 16, 2013. Prior to becoming governor, Inslee was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Washington's 1st Congressional District from 1999 until his resignation March 10, 2012. Inslee represented Washington's 4th Congressional District from 1993-1995 and was a member of the state House from 1988-1992.

Candidates

The introductory sentence should highlight the candidate's name, party, position and date of election.

Example for Niki Bird Papazoglakis, former candidate for Governor of Louisiana, introductory sentence/paragraph:

Niki Bird Papazoglakis was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Louisiana in the 2011 election.[1] She lost to incumbent Republican Bobby Jindal in the primary election held on October 22, 2011.

Templates and categories

Main page: Writing: Categories and templates (state executive officials)

Each article, whether a generic article or about a state-specific office or officeholder, has required templates and categories. This applies to stubs and fully developed articles. For more on specifics on executive official categories and templates, click here.

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